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Rival Libyan militias fight for control of Tripoli

Militias in western Libya fought forces under rival army commander Khalifa Hifter on Friday, a day after he declared an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli, raising fears of renewed …


Ukraine’s presidential runoff candidates take drug tests

Ukraine’s presidential candidates on Friday took alcohol and drug tests, part of an increasingly fierce campaign fight before a runoff vote.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

UK police outside Ecuador embassy amid WikiLeaks tweets

British police stationed armed officers outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Friday after tweets from WikiLeaks quoted what it said were high-level sources saying that Julian Assange could be …


Netanyahu plays a ‘Trump card’ as Israeli elections near

In a tight race for re-election, Israel’s prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House.


Vatican meets lawyers opposed to the criminalization of gays

International lawyers researching the criminalization of homosexuality met Friday with the Vatican secretary of state and urged the Holy See to publicly oppose such laws and “conversion” therapies for gays.


UK’s May asks the EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, but a key leader …


Bomb in Somalia’s capital kills 6 near police academy

A Somali police officer says a car bomb exploded near the gate of a police academy in the capital, Mogadishu, injuring six people on Thursday evening.


UK government, opposition search for a Brexit plan

The British government and senior opposition figures tried Thursday to overcome intractable differences and forge a new plan for departing the European Union, as the bloc warned of dire consequences …


Russia stakes its hold on the Arctic with military base

Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over …


Libyan army commander orders forces to march on Tripoli

Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter on Thursday ordered his forces to march on Tripoli, the capital of the U.N.-backed government, sparking fears of a major showdown with rival militias.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

Preliminary crash report confirms Ethiopian 737 MAX pilots lost control despite following Boeing’s instructions

The preliminary investigation report into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 last month confirms that the 737 MAX jet suffered repeated uncommanded nose-down movements similar to the October crash …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

Australian Parliament to make platforms curb livestreaming

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings.


UK legislates to avert chaotic Brexit as May seeks new plan

Britain’s Brexit drama went into overtime Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May and the country’s main opposition sought a compromise deal to prevent an abrupt British departure from the European …


Great Barrier Reef is being battered by climate change, and it might only get worse

The damage caused in recent years to the Great Barrier Reef by ocean heat waves has compromised the massive reef’s ability to recover, and climate change could make the problem …


Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

New Islamic criminal laws that took effect Wednesday in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and …


Revolver that Van Gogh may have used to kill himself on auction

A Paris auction house says it’s selling a revolver that was possibly used by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to take his own life.


With the president gone, Algerian officials plot next steps

Algeria’s Constitutional Council met Wednesday to confirm President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, as rattled international partners watch closely to see what’s next for this gas-rich country and key player in the …


Kenyan families of Ethiopian crash victims to sue

A U.S.-based attorney says eight Kenyan families of people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash last month will sue Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane, and the airline for …


Polish priest apologizes for burning of ‘Harry Potter’ books

A priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of books that included titles from the “Harry Potter” series and other items parishioners wanted destroyed has apologized, saying the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

American tourist, driver kidnapped in Uganda safari park

Ugandan security forces are searching for a U.S. citizen and a local driver who were abducted in a wildlife park and their kidnappers demanded a ransom, authorities said Wednesday.


Probe after UK soldiers shooting at picture of Labour leader

Britain’s military said Wednesday it was investigating “totally unacceptable behavior” by some of its soldiers after they were filmed apparently using a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for …


Venezuela lawmakers strip opposition leader of his immunity

Venezuelan lawmakers loyal to President Nicolas Maduro have stripped opposition leader Juan Guaido of his immunity from prosecution.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

India’s anti-satellite test endangers International Space Station, NASA says

One week after India became the fourth country in the world to target and shatter a satellite in low Earth orbit with a missile, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine condemned the …


IMF managing director says economy is at ‘delicate moment’

IMF managing director warns that global economy is at “delicate moment.”


Embattled and ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit Tuesday

Embattled and ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit Tuesday in a statement read on national television after the country’s Defense Ministry aggressively called for Bouteflika to “immediately” vacate the office …


Mozambique cholera cases now above 1,400

Cholera cases in cyclone-hit Mozambique have risen above 1,400, government officials said Tuesday, as hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses arrived in an attempt to limit the rapid spread of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam

With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying she would seek another Brexit delay …


Japan gov’t says era name translates as ‘beautiful harmony’

Japan’s government said Tuesday that the official translation of the era name for the new emperor will be “Beautiful Harmony,” setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes before …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Pope: Women have ‘legitimate claims’ for justice, equality

Pope Francis said in a document released Tuesday that women have “legitimate claims” to seek more equality in the Catholic Church, but he stopped short of endorsing recent calls from …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Parliament rejects soft Brexit, second referendum

British lawmakers failed again to muster a majority Monday for any of four proposed ways forward on Brexit.